This month Dr. Will’s (@iamdrwill) blog challenge is FINDING YOUR BLISS. This is a great subject to think about for so many reasons. The first being what makes me happy? This should be a question that I have the response to right away. I do have responses but they seem so short lived in my mind. A chocolate peanut butter cup. Buffalo wings. Reading a book beside a body of water while sitting in the shade. A cold beverage keeping me hydrated. Basketball on Wednesday nights. These things all make me happy but do they really give me bliss?
I next did what any smart person would do. I looked up what is bliss. According to the interwebs bliss is defined as: supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment. Do the above things give me bliss or just temporary happiness? Would I eat, drink, and read books forever if I won the lottery? Not a chance. So anything that is temporary really isn’t my bliss. My bliss has to make me feel like I am a part of something bigger than me.
My bliss falls into two categories. Family and kids. If I was filthy rich would I spend all my time and money with my family? Yes indeed. It would be fantastic to be afforded the time and opportunity to really enjoy my family for a large amount of time. I would attend every ball game, dance recital, chess match, spelling bee, Boy Scout meeting, and anything else my children wanted to do. I would take my wife to every restaurant and beach she wanted to visit. I would be living my bliss. Almost.
There is more to life than just my family. I couldn’t sit around and live my life only for my family. I need to make a dent in the world. Change it for the better. I need to be around kids. They keep me alive. They help me realize the world is a great place. Problems are only as big as you make them. A smile is only a joke away. Kids have a way of showing you how much you are needed in the world. They are my hope that something I do will have a lasting effect on the world. Kids bring out the joy in me.
Together my family and being around children are my bliss. Both give me the supreme happiness and utter joy that I crave in life. There is nothing better than to see my children growing up and learning to do things on their own. Their smiles melt my heart in a way I could never have imagined. Being married to someone who I can share the good and the bad of life makes every day just a little bit better. Watching my students learning new skills, laughing, exploring, and being excited to come to my class and be around me brings me great joy. Knowing that I am positively shaping their small world and starting a ripple effect that could change the larger outside world; bliss.
Q1: What is your bliss outside of school? Why? #slowchatpe
Q2: What is your bliss inside of school? Why? #slowchatpe
Q3: Do we ever ask our student’s what their bliss is? #slowchatpe
Q4: How can we connect our teaching with our students’ bliss? #slowchatpe
Q5: What are you doing to create more bliss in your life? #slowchatpe